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L7 at Saint Andrews, 5 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Absence made fans’ hearts grow fonder for L7 -- and vice versa.

The all-female alt.rock troupe, best known for its 1992 hit “Pretend We’re Dead,” reunited in 2014 after a 13-year break. After re-establishing itself on the road the quartet has released a pair of new songs -- the politically charged “Dispatch From Mar-A-Lago” and “I Came To Bitch” -- and is working on its first new album in 19 years, which is being funded via a PledgeMusic campaign with hopes of an early 2019 release.

But that’s not keeping L7 away from shows, either, and the group is in the midst of a short run just to keep itself sharp, tight and, well, bitchy...

• Sparks, 55, says she’s been gratified by the fan response to L7’s return four years ago. “I was aware of the enthusiasm from our Facebook page, but liking something and actually showing up to the gig are two very different things. I was happy to see there was a there there, with all of the enthusiasm we saw on our Facebook page in the flesh.

• The group itself -- Sparks and co-founder Suzi Gardner along with longtime members Jennifer Finch and Demetria Plakas -- is “in a good place now,” according to Sparks. “We are really enjoying ourselves. We love doing shows, and it feels a little more rare, what we do, this kind of meat-and-potatoes rock ‘n’ roll. So we want to continue doing shows and we enjoy making new music, too. And we feel we have a fan base that we can supply with that, so that’s really great, too.”

• Sparks says L7’s two new songs give the group a chance to vent its spleen a bit, in ways fans might recognize. “”People ask why we came back. I came back to bitch -- THAT’s what I came back to do. “That’s what I do, y’know. They’re a bit tongue-in-cheek but very much for real, very much L7’s tone. We like to deliver our anger with a little humor, and vice versa.”

• And, yes, “Dispatch From Mar-A-Lago” is an anti-Donald Trump song, written early during his presidency. “I wanted to get that out before he was impeached,” Sparks says. “We thought that was gonna be in October, at the latest, of last year. Lo and behold, he’s still in there.”

• L7 is continuing to write songs and is planning to hit the studio during October to record the album. “I’m not worried about having something to say; The only thing I’m worried about is paying for it and distributing it,” Sparks says. “But I’m not worried about the creative part of it; I feel with L7 we have a very strong identity, and we have three writers in the band, so we’re gonna have plenty to write about -- and bitch about.”

• L7 performs Tuesday, July 24 at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $35. Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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